Saurav Ganguly: The unsung hero in India’s win at the Eden Gardens

Aakarsh / 21 March 2016

Arguably the best captain to lead the Indian national team, Saurav Ganguly has repeatedly shown his love to Indian cricket even after his retirement and seems to have changed the Cricket Association of Bengal for good.

The Eden Gardens has been the biggest and the most historic stadiums in India for a long time but it has had its own problems in the past.

It was often criticized for the facilities available to the players and also different functions on the ground. Last year, when South Africa travelled to India, India lost a chance to get anything from a limited over series after the second game was washed out at Eden Gardens after just half an hour of rain.

Water logging has always been a problem at the stadium and the recent game between India and Pakistan looked like it was washed out after heavy rains lashed the city just before the start of the game.

However, this time, Saurav Ganguly, who took over Jagmohan Dalmiya as the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal made sure that the two teams would have more than an entertaining affair even on a damp day.

All throughout his career, the Bengal born southpaw was excellent with his leadership and man management qualities and was known to get the best out of the resources he had at his disposal, even as the skipper of the national team.

In his post-retirement career, Ganguly still stands up for his ability to get things done in a unique way and also for keeping the whole team together not only during the game but also during his stint as the President of the CAB.

What many people did not notice was the work he put into getting the ground ready for the game on Saturday.

When he was appointed at the highest level in CAB, Ganguly spoke about a number of things he wanted to change at Eden and started with the water-logging problems which has not helped the ground in the past.

He bought in all the new equipment needed to keep the pitch and the playing area dry in time of downpour and his first real test was a big game between India and Pakistan.

A new inflatable pitch, zero-point grass cutters and four super-soppers, were all part of the hard work that was put into the readying of the field on Saturday.

Dada, as Ganguly is lovingly called by the locales was involved in close to every operation that was happening on the field to get the pitch to dry up. Apart from actually taking up the work, Dada did everything he possibly could from ground zero and made sure that the whole field is covered and ready to play as soon as the rain stopped.

None of these efforts were appreciated by any of the viewers as none of this was telecasted but the amount of work put in by the ex-Indian skipper just cannot go un-noticed.

In the end, Dada congratulated each and every groundsman and appreciated their work in getting India’s victory over Pakistan.

Surely, India should dedicate the victory over their arch rivals to one of the best players to have wore an Indian jersey.